A good many husbands are spoiled by mismanagement in cooking and so are not tender and good. Some women keep them constantly in hot water; others freeze them; others put them in a stew; others roast them; and others keep them constantly in a pickle. It cannot be supposed that any husbands will be good and tender managed in this way, but they are delicious when properly treated. In selecting your husband, you should not be guided by the silvery appearance, as in buying mackerel, not by the golden tint, as if you wanted salmon. Be sure and select him yourself, as tastes differ. Do not go to the market for him, for those bought at the door are always best. It is far better to have none than not to learn how to cook them properly. it does not make so much difference what you cook him in, as how you cook him. See that the linen in which he is wrapped is clean and nicely mended, with the required number of strings and buttons. Don’t keep him in the kettle by force, as he will stay there himself, if proper care is taken. If he sputters or fizzes, do not be anxious; some husbands do this. Add a little sugar in the proper form of what confectioners’ call “kisses”, but no vinegar or pepper on any account. A little spice improves them, but it must be used with judgement. Do not try him with anything sharp to see if he is becoming tender. Stir him gently awhile, least he stays too long in the kettle and becomes flat and tasteless. If this is treated, you will find him very digestible, agreeing nicely with you and he will keep as long as you want.